Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Zion National Park, UT
How's that for a campsite background?
I never did get my shower at the Desert Skies RV Resort. I ended up leaving before they opened at 9:00. The plan was to get to Zion before the campgrounds filled up - I got there at 9:00AM by my watch, but it was actual 10:00 since I made a time zone change. I think. Since I went through Arizona, where they don't believe in daylight savings time, I'm not sure what time it is! My iPhone said 10:00 & it knows where it is, so I'll go by that.
In any case, Watchman Campground, the only one with electricity, was already full. That was to be expected, since is takes reservations 6 months in advance and are usually booked by 8:00AM exactly 6 months before the camping date. The volunteer at the entrance gate suggested trying South Campground. Of the 126 sites at the South Campground, there were only 2 that were open, and I couldn't fit in either. Then I got lucky. A woman asked if I was looking for a site. They had their toad (a jeep) parked in site 106, but it was really too small for their class A RV. They found someone leaving this morning, so offered me the smaller site. It was a little tough backing into - the road is narrow & a post for the opposite campsite was in the way, but with lots of back & forths, I stuffed the trailer into the site. The "Campground Full" sign went up a couple of minutes after I got settled. Pretty lucky! I've got neighbors from Colorado, forgot the name of the town, but about an hour from Leadville.
I went for a short walk - the mountains around the campground are impressive!. I can't wait until the sun sets & rises - I suspect the colors will be amazing. The campground host suggested a good location to photograph at the end of a maintenance road. I'll give it a try in the morning.
As for now, here are a couple of images - nothing special, other than some spectacular scenery! I hope to get more over the next two days. In between rain showers I managed to shoot a couple of images of the moon rising over the tops of the mountains. I'm not sure there will be much in the way of sunset images; with the clouds & rain, it may be a bust. I'm here for two days, so hopefully it will clear.